At Fordham University in New York City, a group of conservative students was kicked out of a campus coffeehouse because the clothes they were wearing were thought to be offensive. Patrons of the shop said that the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats they were wearing violated the “safe space” policy. They were ordered to either take them off or leave.
A video of the incident has gone viral. As of Sunday, it’s been viewed 67,000 times after first appearing on a website run by Campus Reform.
The president of the club that runs the coffeeshop told Campus Reform that she was “protecting my customers,” after telling the Republican students that “you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy.”
In the video, the woman is heard saying, “No one here wants people like you supporting our club. I’m giving you five minutes.”
She goes on to say, “You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard. You are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy. You have to take it off or you have to go.”
One of the conservative students, Fordham junior Aaron Spring, 20, said he was there just to buy a cup of coffee. He told Fox News' “Fox & Friends” that he acted civilly while in the coffeeshop.
“I didn’t make any noise. I wasn’t rude. I didn’t curse anybody. I was just sitting enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.”
After the president of the club ordered them to go, explaining that she was “protecting” her customers, one of them said, “We are your customers, we bought something.”
The woman replied that she didn’t want them supporting her club, and when a student asked for a refund, she said, “You had some coffee…do not try to outsmart me.”
When one of the students asked what she understood the MAGA hats to mean, she said, “Fascism, Nazis! You have three minutes.”
The Rodrigue’s Coffee House writes on their Facebook page that the shop is “the student-run coffee house on Fordham’s campus,” claiming it is “a relaxing atmosphere for the Fordham community.”
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